2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
March 2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
railway exhibition opens
about Burnham-On-Sea's historic railway past has opened in the
town's Tourist Information Office this week. This month marks
the 150th anniversary of the extension of the Somerset Central
Railway to Burnham-On-Sea jetty, which is explored at the exhibition.
kids centre completed
CONSTRUCTION of a new £500,000 Childrens Centre in
Burnham-On-Sea has this week been completed and the exciting facility
is set to be officially handed over to the County Council this
Friday, May 2nd. The
centre will provide local support and advice for parents and carers
of children under five.
seafront shop opens
clothing and jewellery shop has opened on Burnham's seafront.
Rose & Amber offers a range of products that are mostly ethically-sourced
from fairtrade suppliers. The firm has a successful shop in Weston
and felt Burnham would be right for its expansion. More...
backs homes objectors
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee gave its support
to residents fighting a proposed new development of 69 homes on
Tuesday evening (April 29th). Councillors
unanimously voted in favour of objecting against the scheme.
injured in rush-hour crash
were cut free from their damaged cars after a serious accident
on the A370 at Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Tuesday morning
(April 29th). Fire, police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston were alerted at 8.10am after a two-vehicle road traffic
collision on the junction with Edingworth Road.
bicycle stolen in town
have this week appealed
for witnesses and information after a valuable bicycle was stolen
in Highbridge. At 3am on Thursday (April 24th) the pictured
NORCO bicycle - which is believed to be worth £4,000 - was
stolen from Elder Close in Highbridge. More...
cycle race route unveiled
route of the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race
was formally unveiled on Monday (April 28th), with Burnham-On-Sea
set to be inundated by huge crowds as the finishing location.
Burnham is the final destination of the September 9th race. More...
crew return from course
crewmembers from Burnham lifeboat station have just returned from
an inshore lifeboat training course in Dorset. The trio - Simon
Hart, Helen Verrall, and Kate Davies - are visited
the RNLI's training facilities in Poole to complete the course.
over counterfeit notes
businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to look out for
counterfeit £20 notes circulating in the town. The Chamber
of Trade issued the warning on Monday (April 28th) after several
town centre firms received the fake bank notes. A number of counterfeit
£20 notes are in circulation.
homes fight stepped up
angry Burnham-On-Sea residents crowded into Watchfield Village
Hall on Monday evening (April 28th) as they stepped up their campaign
to halt controversial plans for dozens of new homes in the town.
Homes has applied to build 69 homes.
shocked over thefts
a quiet Burnham-On-Sea street have been left shocked by the theft
of two vehicles from outside their homes in one night. Police
are appealing for information from the public after thieves struck
at Cookson Close, off Ben Travers Way, last Wednesday night, taking
people at Hinkley meeting
than 100 people attended a community meeting to discuss a potential
new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. The
meeting discussed British Energy's work on preparation for a new
nuclear build, the process for site selection, and more
about the proposals. More...
buying hits petrol station
buying' of petrol in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 27th) left
a town centre petrol station without any unleaded fuel supplies
- and other local stations struggling to keep up with demand.
Motorists were being turned away from Burnham's Esso station
in Love Lane.
day for St John cadets
Aldred and Lucy Westlake of the Highbridge and Burnham St John
Ambulance Cadets had plenty to smile about on Saturday (April
26th) after winning the regional finals of a first competition.
The pair won the St John South West Regional First Aid Competition.
re-opens for unhappy traders
Highbridge are demanding compensation after four days of disruption
caused by this week's fire at the former Highbridge Hotel cost
them thousands of pounds in lost trade. The A38 in Highbridge
finally re-opened on Saturday (April 26th) at 5pm, four days after
it was closed due to a fire.
academy picks players
A TENNIS academy
set up in memory of a young Burnham-On-Sea tennis player who died
in a road accident last autumn is moving from strength to strength,
having conducted a 'sift' for young players at the town's Avenue
Tennis Club on Saturday (April 26th). More...
safety day is a success
children from schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area got the opportunity
to visit the town's marine rescue services during a special Young
Persons' Coastal Day on Saturday (April 26th). Burnham's
lifeboat, hovercraft and Coastguard stations opened for the day.
shop to open in Burnham
shop is making final preparations to open in Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre. Weston Hospicecare Limited has bought a shop at 29
College Street from estate agents Abbott and Frost. The property
was previously occupied by The Wheatley Clinic. More...
blaze at Highbridge hotel
the scenes in Highbridge on Friday evening (April 25th) when Burnham-On-Sea
fire crews tackled a third blaze at the badly-damaged former Highbridge
Hotel. Two fire engines from Burnham were called back to the hotel
at 6.41pm after the fire service received a report of smoke emerging.
boss visits BARB AGM
of Somerset County Council visited Burnham's hovercraft station
on Friday (April 25th) to meet crewmembers and act as the special
guest at the charity's Annual General Meeting. Alan Gloak and
sister Gill received a tour of the BARB hovercraft station. More...
Town disruption ongoing
RESIDENTS and firms in Highbridge are set to suffer
more disruption after the County Council announced on Friday (April
25th) that the A38 besides the fire-struck Highbridge Hotel will
remain closed into next week. The closure has caused major disruption.
killed in fatal accident
killed in an horrific road accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday evening (April 24th). Emergency services were called
to a single vehicle accident at Brent Knoll just before 5pm. Police
spokesman Dan Mountain confirmed: "A motorist has been involved
in a fatal accident." More...
rescued from trapped car
were led to safety by Coastguards on Thursday afternoon (April
24th) after their vehicle became the latest to become trapped
on Brean's treacherous mudflats. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were
called to Brean at 3.45pm after a Range Rover sank into the mud.
closed as probe continues
through Highbridge will remain closed today (Thursday April 24th)
as police and fire investigators continue their probe into the
huge blaze that badly damaged the former Highbridge Hotel. A huge
fire swept through the property on Tuesday evening. More...
Parkway to be completed
Council has given the go-ahead for the final part of Burnham's
controversial Frank Foley Parkway to be built. The
long-awaited announcement, made on Wednesday (April 23rd), is
the result of discussions between local councils and developers
to put in the necessary steps and funding to complete the road.
miss strike disruption
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are expected to be disrupted by a national
teachers strike being held on Thursday (April 24th). The first
teachers' strike for two decades is set to disrupt a third of
schools across England, including 27 schools in Somerset. More...
join planting sessions
youngsters from across Burnham-On-Sea took part in a special wildflower
planting session at Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (April
23rd). The Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group has organised
a series of planting sessions this week. More...
returns after re-fit
Atlantic 75 lifeboat, the 'Staines Whitfield', has returned to
the town after a five-month re-fit at the lifeboat repair centre
on the Isle of Wight. During the upgrade work, the boat was stripped
down to its component parts and the hull was resprayed.
donates books to charity
TALENTED member of Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge 123
has presented two hundred specially-published books of his poetry
to Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance. Priced at £3 each,
Bill Jackman's books will help raise funds for the charity.
appeal after huge blaze
an appeal for witnesses on Wednesday (April 23rd) following the
dramatic blaze which destroyed an historic former hotel in the
centre of Highbridge on Tuesday. Although the fire was extinguished
at midnight, the damage has been substantial. More...
crews tackle silo blaze
firefighters were back in action again on Wednesday afternoon
(April 23rd) when they tackled a fire at this 60ft tall silo in
Highbridge. Fire crews were called to Woodberry Bros and Haines
after smoke was seen emerging from the structure. More...
Hotel fire probe starts
the scenes in the centre of Highbridge on Wednesday morning (April
23rd) after a devastating fire at the site of the former Highbridge
on Tuesday night caused major disruption in the Burnham area.
Roads were closed in Highbridge following the incident.
fire at Highbridge hotel
A HUGE fire
has broken out this evening (Tuesday April 22nd) at the site of
the former Highbridge Hotel.
Fire crews from across Somerset are attending the scene. Two fire
engines from Burnham-On-Sea, one fire engine from Bridgwater and
a Control Support Unit from Street were sent to the scene at 9.29pm.
shopping guide launched
guide to the best of Burnham-On-Sea's new shops was officially
unveiled at the annual general meeting of the town's Chamber Of
Trade on Tuesday (April 22nd). The
group launched the new-look, pocket-sized booklet that provides
an A-Z guide to Burnham's shops. More...
Hotel fire being tackled
exclusive video provides footage of Somerset's fire crews tackling
the huge blaze at the former Highbridge Hotel on Tuesday evening
(April 22nd). The video includes moving images of the fire crews
at work at the rear of the historic property in the centre of
as councillor defects
councillor Danny Titcombe has dramatically resigned from his party
and quit as leader of Sedgemoor's Liberal Democrats in order to
join the Conservative Party. Cllr Titcombe, who represents the
Highbridge Ward, has crossed the floor to join the controlling
window winners unveiled
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual competition to find unusual items hidden
in town centre shop windows were handed their prizes on Tuesday
(April 22nd). Over 30 town centre businesses took part in the
contest, attracting 150 people entries. More...
parking charges U-turn
plans to introduce winter parking charges along Burnham-On-Sea
seafront were dramatically thrown out on Monday (April 21st).
Sedgemoor District Council's proposals for all-year-round parking
charges along The Esplanade were overturned at a special meeting
in the town on Monday afternoon.
sunflower contest begins
COMPETITION which challenges children in the Burnham-On-Sea area
to grow the 'fattest sunflower face' has been launched at a garden
centre near the town this week. Sanders GardenWorld is one of
several Wyevale Garden Centres taking part across the UK. More...
of market goods seized
counterfeit clothing seized during last week's swoop by Trading
Standards bosses at Highbridge market had a street value of £8,000,
it was confirmed on Monday (April 21st). We exclusively reported
how police had seized the clothing.
council's meeting invite
and Highbridge Town Council is to hold its 35th annual town meeting
later this month when the public will be able to quiz councillors
about problems in the two towns. The meeting will be held on Wednesday
30th April at 7pm in the Old Courthouse. More...
probe suspicious boat fire
and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Highbridge on
Sunday afternoon (April 20th) after a fire broke onboard a moored
fire crews from Burnham and a Fire Incident Support Unit were
sent to the scene at around 4.45pm, besides the River Brue, as
art exhibition opens
stunning digital image of Burnham-On-Sea Pier is one of the many
local artworks on display at an exhibition that opens on Monday
(April 21st). Burnham-On-Sea.com was given a preview of the show,
which runs for three weeks in Sea Breeze Art Gallery. More...
enjoy autograss races
crowds flocked to Edithmead, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday (April
20th) to watch a series of action-packed National Autograss races.
The mud was flying as dozens of cars hurtled around the grass
track besides the Somerset Rebels' speedway arena. More...
presenter hands award to Jean
GRANDMOTHER from Brent Knoll, near Burnham, has been named one
of the UK's 'Grandparents of The Year' at a London awards ceremony.
Daughter Gaye nominated Jean Daffin to thank her for all her help
in caring for Jordan, who suffers from celebral palsy. More...
crews tackle town blaze
were the scenes in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (April 19th)
when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blaze in a derelict
hotel. Two fire crews from Burnham rushed to the site of the former
Highbridge Hotel after smoke was seen coming out of the building
at just before 2pm.
toilets sale is delayed
a block of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed after
a lack of interest from potential bidders. Burnham-On-Sea.com
revealed in March that Sedgemoor District Council had begun inviting
bids from firms interested in buying the Sea
View Road building.
raised by 'supergran'
65-year-old Burnham grandmother who pulled on her running shoes
to compete in this year's London Marathon raised a whopping £3,000
for charity. 'Supergran' Ann Rogers was backed by running partner
Julie, friends and colleagues at Burnham shoe shop Shickles. More...
shop jumps online
of Burnham-On-Sea's popular high street shops has become the latest
to embrace the internet by starting its own virtual store. Clothes
store DP Menswear, which opened two years ago, has this week launched
a new website to meet growing demand. More...
fire engine pulled to safety
tractors were called to help rescue a stranded fire engine on
Berrow Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday evening (April
17th) after it became trapped in soft sand. Burnham rescue charity
BARB was called to help free the vehicle after its wheels sank
into sand near the top of the beach. More...
beds fire extinguished
the scenes at Berrow on Thursday evening (April 17th) after Burnham-On-Sea
a big blaze in the reeds besides the beach.
A large area of land was left damaged, as pictured here, after
the fire broke out at around 4.30pm near Berrow Church.
new PCSOs for Burnham
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be going on the
beat in Burnham-On-Sea after it was announced that Sedgemoor District
Council and Somerset County Council would be investing £535,595
to fund nineteen new PCSOs across the county.
for high-kicking kids
students from Burnham-On-Sea's Kenpo Karate Club proudly show
off their yellow belts after successfully completing a series
of grading test. They
achieved the first step on the martial arts ladder by attaining
their yellow belt gradings in front of their instructor.
galore for anglers
40 trophies were handed out to members of Burnham
Boat Owners Sea Angling Association
on Thursday (April 17th) when the group held its annual meeting.
group's 100 members gathered at the town's Avenue Tennis Club
for the annual get-together. More...
boss in the firing line
80 angry Burnham-On-Sea residents grilled bosses from one of the
UK's leading property developers on Wednesday night (April 16th)
as they stepped up their campaign to halt controversial plans
to build dozens of new homes on
land to the west of Lawrence Close.
yachtsman Mark Preedy was celebrating in California on Wednesday
(April 16th) after winning a closely-contested leg of the Round
The World Yacht Race. Burnham-On-Sea.com has closely followed
Mark's progress skippering the yacht 'Uniquely Singapore' on the
35,000 mile race.
author to visit Burnham
enthusiast-turned-author will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea next
month to sign copies of his new book. Alan Hammond will be signing
copies of 'Heyday of the Somerset & Dorset Railway' at the
Tourist Information Centre on Burnham's Esplanade on Saturday
May 3rd from 9.30am to 1pm.
goods seized in town
police and Trading Standards bosses have this week seized thousands
of pounds worth of counterfeit goods in Highbridge. Police took
away a large quantity of counterfeit clothes that had been on
sale at Highbridge Market, as shown in these exclusive photos.
seaview restaurant opens
Deputy Mayor officially opened a new restuarant on the town's
seafront on Tuesday evening (April 15th). Cllr
Neville Jones and wife Margo were joined by over 50 guests at
the opening of The Clarence Hotel's new-look restaurant.
saw Stert bomb 40 years ago'
after a World War II bomb was safely detonated on Stert Island,
a former Burnham-On-Sea resident has been recounting how he used
to walk out across the mudflats to see the bomb over 40 years
Temlett has a photo of the Stert Island bomb in 1968.
effort from Iain!
FATHER-of-two from Burnham-On-Sea who ran the London Marathon
dressed as a banana on Sunday (April 13th) successfully completed
the event in aid of Weston Hospicecare and the Leukaemia Research
Trust. The 40-year-old completed it in four and a half hours .
hears residents' concerns
MP David Heathcoat-Amory has met with residents of a sheltered
accommodation complex in the town to discuss their security and
staffing concerns. The meeting was arranged at Elizabeth Court,
a complex consisting of over 40 flats which provide sheltered
accommodation to elderly and disabled residents.
boost for Stert Swim
town council looks set to help fund the annual Stert Island Swim,
which this year will be run by a local athletics group. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported in February how West Country Tri-Athletes had agreed
to take over the popular summer event.
fares increase in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea and other parts of the district are being increased
this month. Sedgemoor
District Council's licensing committee has unanimously backed
the price increase to help struggling taxi firms cope with the
soaring cost of petrol and diesel prices.